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brutalize

[broot-l-ahyz] /ˈbrut lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), brutalized, brutalizing.
1.
to make brutal.
2.
to treat (someone) with brutality.
Also, especially British, brutalise.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; brutal + -ize
Related forms
brutalization, noun
overbrutalization, noun
overbrutalize, verb (used with object), overbrutalized, overbrutalizing.
unbrutalize, verb (used with object), unbrutalized, unbrutalizing.
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Examples from the web for brutalize
  • But at the same time, sports often brutalize the player-they make him more aggressive, more violent.
  • These dictators brutalize their own people, endanger global security, and protect one another.
  • He has not led a transition, and he continues to brutalize his people.
  • Nevertheless, a rational sentencing scheme should punish more severely those who brutalize the victims of their crimes.
  • Parents who are brutalized will brutalize their children, in short, this was the understanding.
British Dictionary definitions for brutalize

brutalize

/ˈbruːtəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to make or become brutal
2.
(transitive) to treat brutally
Derived Forms
brutalization, brutalisation, noun
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